- Official Announcements, 6 December 2013
- Minister Nkoana-Mashabane Pays Tribute to
Former President Nelson Mandela, 6 December 2013
- Address to the Nation by President Jacob Zuma
on the Departure
of Former President Nelson Mandela, 5 December 2013
Briefing to the South African community on matters related to the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela
6 December 2013
Members of the South African community at short notice, attended a brief meeting on matters related to the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The South African Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mamabolo supported by Consul General Monyemangene, briefed the South African community on latest developments pertaining to the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.
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Tribute to Nelson Mandela
by Muhammad Ali
Mandela. One name. One man. One mission: Saving a nation from itself.
Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world.
He led his country from the viciousness of apartheid to the glory of a multiracial democracy, peacefully.
Has an individual ever given more to a nation and a cause? Only those who have sacrificed their very lives. Read full tribute.
Private Briefing with South African Film Makers and Jurors participating at the 2013 International Emmy's Festival
22 November 2013
The South African Consulate General held a private briefing with South African film makers and jurors, led by the Cape Film Commission, who are participating at the 2013 International Emmy’s Festival and Awards Gala in New York. More photos.
20 November 2013
Katie Holmes lands at the airport after a long flight on Wednesday, 20 November in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more.
Garden Route named top golf spot
20 November 2013
The Garden Route in South Africa's Western Cape province has been named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States by the global trade association of the golf tourism industry, IAGTO. Read more.
Bernard Parker scores as South Africa shocks Spain in friendly
19 November 2013
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Spain's return to the stadium where it won the World Cup was spoiled Tuesday as Bernard Parker's second-half goal gave South Africa a shock 1-0 win over the world and European champion. Read more.
South Africa Opens New Mandela Exhibit
By Anita Powell
November 18, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Officials in South Africa have opened the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, just 11 days before the South Africa premiere of a Hollywood film based on the life of the anti-apartheid icon. Mandela is now 95 and homebound because of health problems, but officials say he has much to teach his nation, and the world. Read full story.
Eminem heading to South Africa for two shows
18 November 2013
Showtime Management posted on its Facebook page: “We are proud to announce the Eminem Rapture Tour, brought to you by Primedia in association with Dainty group and Showtime Management.”
The concerts will take place at Cape Town’s stadium on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, 21 November 2013, at 9:00 am. Read full story.
New ‘Wonder’ Variety Has South Africa Breweries Hopping
By Darren Taylor
November 18, 2013
There’s increasing excitement in South Africa’s burgeoning craft beer sector about a new hop developed over the past 15 years by South African Breweries [SAB] on its farms in the Southern Cape region, and recently released to a select few microbrewers around the country.
“Because of this hop we’re able to make truly South African, full-flavored ale and can rightfully claim to have created a new style of beer. We can call it South African Ale. It’s going to happen soon. If I don’t do it someone else will,” said Moritz Kallmeyer, owner of Drayman’s Brewery in Pretoria and one of the country’s leading microbrewers. Read full story.
South African Summer Citrus & Seald Sweet Mentor South Africa University Students
PMA Foundation for Industry Talent’s Career Pathways Program
Philadelphia, Pa., November 13, 2013 – South Africa’s Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum (WCCPF) and Seald Sweet International partnered to provide mentoring, career counseling, and professional connections to students from two South African universities.
Suhanra Conradie, chief executive officer of the WCCPF and Steve Tursi, vice president, business development of Seald Sweet International are serving as part of the annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Foundation for Industry Talent Pack Family Career Pathways Program. The students visited the U.S. and attended PMA’s annual Fresh Summit in New Orleans, La. (summercitrus.com ) (sealdsweet.com ) Read full press release.
16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day.
During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.
Positive outlook for African growth
12 November 2013
Prospects for growth in Africa are looking good, with the continent now being better managed, says Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele. Africa, which had typically been seen as the dark continent, was doing better, even after the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Read full story.
South Africa sends condolences to Philippines
11 November 2013
South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his condolences to President Benigno Aquino, the government and the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Read full story.
US Envoy was Inspired by South African Struggle
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press
9 November 2013
The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a "young kid" when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader's simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City. Read full story.
Marriott Plans to Buy South African Hotels
By Abha Bhattarai
7 November 2013
Marriott International announced plans to purchase Protea Hospitality Holdings, a Cape Town-based hotel group with 116 properties. The deal would nearly double Marriott’s presence on the continent, making it the largest hotel company in Africa. Read full story.
Independent Electoral Commission
Follow the link to find out if you are registered to vote and where your voting station is. You will need to enter your ID number.
Check back for updates on the 2014 Elections.
Elections 2014: Registration of South Africans Abroad
Centurion – As South Africans descend on voting stations around the country to register for the upcoming elections this weekend (9 and 10 November), one group of eligible voters will have to wait a little bit longer to register.
South Africans living abroad are not able to register until the legislation governing out of country registration and voting has been approved. Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is approved by Parliament and signed into law by the President can arrangements for registering South Africans abroad be finalised.
The Bill has been approved by the National Council of Provinces and is currently before the National Assembly. It is hoped the Bill will be approved and enacted before the end of November.
In the meantime, advance planning for the process is proceeding in conjunction with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). In terms of the draft legislation South Africans will have to register in person at one of South Africa’s 124 Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates-General located in 108 countries.
They will need to be in possession of a valid South African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart ID card or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate) AND a valid South African passport in order to be registered.
The Bill does not require South African citizens living abroad and who are already registered as voters in South Africa to register again and they will, as previously, be able to cast a special vote in the 2014 national election. It does, however, for the first time provide for persons who are not yet registered as voters to be able to do so and have their particulars added to the national common voters roll.
The IEC will announce further details of the registration process for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once the legislation has been enacted.
Fact Sheet: Registration and voting by South Africans outside of South Africa
(Based on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 and subject to change in line with the final Electoral Amendment Act)
How do I register abroad?
To vote in elections for the National Assembly you must be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South Africa (check your registration status online at www.elections.org.za), you don’t have to re-register.
If you are not already registered:
- You will need to visit your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General; and (http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/index.htm);
- bring both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport
Registration times and procedures will be announced and published once the legislation is finalised.
How do I apply to vote abroad?
Once you have registered (either in South Africa or abroad) you must then complete an on-line VEC10 template available on www.elections.org.za. This template notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you will vote.
The template will only be available once the election date has been proclaimed and must be completed within 15 days from the proclamation date.
Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10 template and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.
How do I vote abroad?
The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote which you will receive following the submission of your on-line VEC10 template will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South Africa).
You must take your valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.
Can I vote before I leave South Africa?
If you will be abroad on election day and would like to vote in South Africa on a designated day before election day, you can apply for a special vote (http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Special-votes/) at your municipal electoral office (http://www.elections.org.za/content/About-Us/Contact/).
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8 November 2013
The South African Consulate General in New York and Brand SA co-hosted a luncheon to discuss an in-depth study of South Africa produced by Goldman Sachs entitled “Two Decades of Democracy: What South Africa is Doing with It and What Needs to be Done.” Read more.
Early Screening: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Shared Interest and South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture
Film screening begins 7:00 pm
General Admission ticket - $35.00
*VIP Ticket - $50.00 - Pre-reception, held at the theater includes Wines of South Africa, food by Madiba Restaurant and live music starting at 5:30 pm for VIP tickets holders.
South Africans to play key role in SKA design
6 November 2013
South African scientists are to lead two of the 10 teams involved in the design of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope, the international SKA Organisation announced. The SKA's global partners have committed €120-million to the three-year design phase, which will involve more than 350 scientists representing 18 nations and drawn from nearly 100 institutions. Read full story.
SunEdison Gets $176 Million for South Africa Solar Plant
By Ehren Goossens - Nov 6, 2013 9:14 AM ET
SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), the solar-plant developer and polysilicon supplier formerly known as MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., received 1.8 billion rand ($176 million) in financing for a project in South Africa.
The Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government’s development finance institution, provided the loan to cover 75 percent of the cost of the 2.4 billion rand project, St. Peters, Missouri-based SunEdison said in a statement. The company will own 51 percent of the project, with unnamed South African companies owning the remaining 49 percent. Read full story.
Microsoft makes online business tool free for South African SMEs
By Adam Oxford
Microsoft South Africa has launched an online hub offering free access to email, web hosting and collaboration tools for established businesses and startups alike.
The hub, dubbed Biz4Afrika, will be financed through the company's 4Afrika fund and is described as a partnership between Microsoft, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and mobile operator Vodacom. Read full story.
South Africa Approves $3.3 Billion of Renewables Projects
By Tshepiso Mokhema - Nov 4, 2013 9:29 AM ET
South Africa approved 33.8 billion rand ($3.3 billion) for 17 clean-energy projects in the third of five bidding rounds of a program to cut its reliance on coal.
The Department of Energy received bids for 6,023 megawatts of capacity and allocated 1,456 megawatts, Director General Nelisiwe Magubane told reporters today in Pretoria, the capital. Read full story.
'Mandela' To Screen For Obama At White House
4 November 2013
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton.
The Weinstein Co. tells The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.
The film will also screen Nov. 20 at the Kennedy Center, with Clinton hosting the gala. Read full story.
Mandela's South Africa: Reviewing Two Decades of Freedom
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs International Inc.
After almost two decades of democracy the world is asking: "what has Nelson Mandela's South Africa done with its freedom?" With the 95-year-old father of the nation ailing, the 52 million South Africans who see him almost universally as a hero are also asking what lies ahead long after "Madiba."
To contribute towards a balanced narrative, Goldman Sachs has constructed a data rich, empirical analysis of how South Africa has changed in the past 20 years, revealing what South Africa still needs to tackle. Read full story.
Film on Mandela's life premieres in South Africa
A long-awaited film on the life of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela premiered in his native South Africa on Sunday, stirring emotional memories of the country's turbulent history.
The movie "Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom", largely based on his autobiography of the same title, traces the life of the revered leader from his childhood in the rural Eastern Cape to his election as the country's first black president in 1994. Read full story.
South Africa’s April fights hard for third place in New York City Marathon
by Agency staff,
4 November 2013
LUSAPHO April produced a gutsy performance to finish a well-paced third in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, 3 November 2013.
April sat back in the lead group for most of the 42km race before starting to make his mark as he moved up the outside of the eight-man pack with 12km left. Read full story.
Mutai was more than three minutes outside his own course record but won comfortably in 2:08.24. Kebede charged through for second place in 2:09.15, and April was 73 seconds outside his personal best, crossing the line in 2:09.45.
South African wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk finished second in a tight sprint finish in 1:40.14
Van Dyk clocked the same time as Swiss winner Marcel Hug after a battle between five athletes down the finishing straight.
It was the fourth time this year that Van Dyk had finished in the top three at a major city marathon. He also finished on the podium at the Boston, London and Chicago marathons this season.
Mission for a South African: A Mandela Race
By William C. Rhoden
Published: 1 November 2013
Twenty years ago, Willie Mtolo felt pressure to do well in the New York City Marathon as a symbol of South Africa — especially black South Africa — that was only then emerging.
Twenty years later, he is back in New York, as an advocate, not a runner.
“Even though I am not running in the marathon, I feel even more pressure,” he said.
He is an ambassador, feeling the pressure of building a monument to perpetuate a great man’s name. Read full story.
New York City-Mandela Marathon Partnership to benefit uMgungundlovu District
30 October 2013
uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee is currently in New York to market the annual Nelson Mandela Day Marathon to thousands of athletes running in the New York City Marathon this coming Sunday, 3 November 2013. Read more.
Left to right: Mayor of Umgungundlovu District Mr. Yusuf Bhamjee, 1992 New York City Marathon winner Mr. Willie Mtolo and Consul General George Monyemangene.
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium's 14th Anniversary
Sunday, 3 November 2013
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
The Jitu K. Weusi Founders Award will be presented to Bonganin Sibeko, son of South African freedom fighter David Sibeko; Charles Ndabeni, Chief of Staff at the Office of the Premier of North-West Province and the North West Parks and Tourism Board for their roles in creating JAH/Jazz Africa Heritage.
South African cuisine and beverages available. Music by S.A. Lesedi with Lesedi Ntsane and Bakithi Kumalo. Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/455255
South Africa Signs Grand Inga Power Project Treaty With Congo
30 October 2013
South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a treaty to jointly develop a hydropower project that will eventually provide about 40,000 megawatts of electricity to the continent. The Grand Inga project on the Congo River will cost as much as $100 billion. Read full article.
Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band to tour South Africa
30 October 2013
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band are to perform in South Africa for the first time, almost three decades after the group campaigned against apartheid. Two shows are scheduled for Cape Town on 28 and 29 January 2014, with a third in Johannesburg on 1 February 2014. Read full story.
Visitors to SA hit 1.2-million in July
30 October 2013
More than 1.2-million foreign travellers arrived in South Africa in July, a year-on-year increase of 12%, Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday. There were 1,289,022 foreign arrivals to South Africa, according to data collected by Department of Home Affairs immigration officials at the country's ports of entry. In July 2012, South Africa had 1,195,266 foreign travelers visit the country. Read full article.
Joel Netshitenzhe at Columbia University's Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series
29 October 2013
MISTRA Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe presented the First Lecture in the Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series at Columbia University in New York on 29 October 2013. Hosted jointly by the South African Consulate General and The Institute of African Studies at Columbia, the title of the lecture is: "The Vision of Seme 107 Years On: Is Civilization Still a Dream and is the Regeneration of Africa Possible?" View more photographs.
Launch and Book Signing by Barry Gilder, author of
Songs and Secrets: South Africa: From Liberation to Governance
29 October 2013
Mr. Barry Gilder, former deputy head of the South African Secret Service and currently Director of Operations at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) launched and signed copies of his book Songs and Secrets: South Africa: From Liberation to Governance at a reception hosted by the South African Consulate General in New York and Brand South Africa.
Abengoa will develop a new 100 megawatt solar plant in South Africa
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) of South Africa to develop Xina Solar One, a 100 megawatt (MW) parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts. This project will form the largest solar complex in Africa together with Abengoa's plant KaXu Solar One that is currently under construction in the country. Read full press release.
South Africans Acquire Taste for Craft Beers
October 29, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's beer market has undergone some noticeable changes over the last few years. The country, dominated by commercial lagers, has started to develop a thirst for craft beer, and the number of microbreweries in the country has quadrupled in just four years. Read full article.
Henry Schein Establishes Presence In South Africa With An Investment In The Dental Warehouse
29 October 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today its expansion into South Africa with the acquisition of a minority ownership position in The Dental Warehouse, a leading distributor of dental consumable merchandise to dentists, private clinics, universities and governmental agencies in the country. Financial and other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With headquarters in Johannesburg and sales offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Springs, The Dental Warehouse has 64 employees and annual revenues of approximately $10 million. Under the leadership of co-founders Louis Ichikowitz and Bernice Ichikowitz, the company offers branded consumables products and enjoys exclusive relationships with multiple manufacturers. Read full article from the Wall Street Journal.
SKA’s first phase could bring in R18bn for South Africa
by Agency Staff, October 29 2013, 10:29
The first phase of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope in the Karoo could see an inflow of R18bn, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.
"Preliminary estimates for the operations cost put the potential net foreign inflow ... into South Africa, for SKA phase one only, at close to R18bn over the lifetime of the project," he said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Read full article.
Mainstream Awarded 360 Megawatts of South Africa Wind Projects
By Justin Doom - Oct 29, 2013 1:30 PM ET
Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based renewable-energy developer, will build three wind farms totaling 360 megawatts in South Africa.
Construction on the projects in the Northern Cape province is expected to begin next year after financing closes on the wind farms, closely held Mainstream Renewable Power said in a statement. Read full story.
South Africa could become fastest growing renewable energy industry
By Barbara Vergetis Lundin
24 October 2013
According to Frost & Sullivan, South Africa is on track to becoming one of the fastest growing renewable energy markets in the world. The potential for renewable energy (RE) generation in South Africa is high, and the successful execution of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) will stimulate investments in large utility-scale renewable energy systems, driving the growth of the country's renewable energy industry, Frost & Sullivan notes. The REIPPP aims to generate 3,725 MW of the country's total electricity from renewable sources. Read full article.
South Africa to Issue Shale-Gas Permits in First Quarter of 2014
By Kevin Crowley - Oct 23, 2013 6:49 AM ET
The country published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on 15 October 2013, a year after lifting a ban on the drilling process known as fracking, as it seeks to tap as much as 485 trillion cubic feet of resources in the semi-arid Karoo region. Opponents of the practice, which blasts water, chemicals and sand into rock to release natural gas, say it risks contaminating ground water.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and other explorers have applied for permits to explore the Karoo. South Africa, which imports 70 percent of its crude-oil needs, estimates shale gas may generate 1 trillion rand ($100 billion) of sales within three decades, helping bring it closer to supplying its own energy demand. Read full story.
South African Firm's Phones to be made in Africa,
By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura
22 October 2013
A South African company hopes to rival the likes of Samsung and Nokia with home-grown smartphones tailored to African needs.
Seemahale Telecoms, which already makes telecommunications equipment in South Africa, is set to build a model that looks similar to Samsung's Galaxy S4 and runs on Google's Android operating system, to sell at around 2,500 rand ($260). Read full article.
South African auto sector agrees to 'pull together'
21 October 2013
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), vehicle manufacturers and organized labour have committed to work together to ensure the long-term stability of South Africa's automotive industry.
During a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Pretoria on 17 October 2013, key stakeholders agreed to work together to ensure the sustainable competitiveness of the sector by deepening its value chain and taking steps to secure long-term stability of supply and productivity. Read full article.
10 things to know before visiting South Africa
World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain has returned for the second season of CNN's showcase for coverage of food and travel.
(CNN) -- South Africa -- it's the part of the continent most of us know at least a little about.
Now almost two decades removed from apartheid, the country at the bottom of the continent has taken up the place it deserves as one of Africa's top tourist destinations.
The country of approximately 52 million people is already well known for Cape Town, Table Mountain, the wine route and game viewing in the Kruger National Park.
But there's much more to discover. Read full story.
Mandela, South African story for US classrooms
17 October 2013
The Weinstein Company (TWC), backers of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are to join forces to introduce Nelson Mandela and the story of South Africa's transition to democracy to a millions of high school students across America.
Announcing the partnership on Monday, TWC and the foundation said they would be working with the largest school districts and education organizations in the U.S., including Teach for America, New York City Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District and Miami Dade Public Schools, to enable U.S. high school students study the life lessons inherent in Mandela's story. Read full article.
Action! South Africa draws global film makers
By Stella Mapenzauswa
16 October 2013
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is luring a rising number of Hollywood producers and directors keen to shoot in the country and may have its first home-grown box-office success in three decades this year with a film based on icon Nelson Mandela. Read full story.
Mercedes-Benz Plans to Increase South Africa Production
By Kamlesh Bhuckory - Oct 16, 2013 10:35 AM ET
Mercedes-Benz, the carmaker owned by Germany’s Daimler AG (DAI), said it would push ahead with a 3 billion rand ($302 million) investment plan in South Africa that will see it increase local output to 100,000 units a year.
The outlook for growth in Africa’s biggest economy is “very positive,” the truck and luxury carmaker’s South Africa Chief Executive Officer Martin Zimmermann said in an interview at the Johannesburg Motor Show. The company will introduce new technology and a third shift to its local plant, which produces about 60,000 units a year at present, he said. Read full article.
Long Service Certificates
15 October 2013
In recognition of their continuous, consistently satisfactory and devoted service in the Public Service of the Republic of South Africa spanning twenty years, Consul General George Monyemangene awarded long service certificates signed by Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to Mrs. Marilu Nobleza, Mr. Douglas Castillo and Mr. Jose Caballero on 15 October 2013.
Rihanna makes history with sold-out stadium show in South Africa on 'Diamonds' Tour
14 October 2013
Rihanna brought the 97-date tour to Johannesburg where she performed tracks from her latest album 'Unapologetic' in addition to some of her former hits and it was undoutedbly one of her biggest live shows to date with RiRi entertaining more than 67,000 fans.
As if that wasn't impressive enough, Rihanna has apparently broken a record for becoming the youngest female artist to play a sold-out show at the stadium. Read full story.
Ubuntu Radio, South Africa’s first government-run, 24-hour, online radio station, was launched on 17 October 2013. It is consistent with the active and prominent role that South Africa plays in global affairs.
The idea behind its conception was a need to create a platform for exchange of views and opinions by key players who contribute to shaping South Africa’s foreign policy. These would include government institutions, the diplomatic community, civil society, academia, media, students and other role-players in the field of international relations. Listen to test broadcast.
- Remarks by Mr Clayson Monyela, on the occasion of the Media Briefing on the Launch of Ubuntu Radio and Ubuntu Magazine
The main objective of Ubuntu Magazine is to communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s international relations policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals. It covers issues ranging from current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as well as international work done by other government departments, parastatals and the private sector.
Latest and old issues of Ubuntu Magazine.
Honors for South Africa's finance minister
14 October 2013
South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was on 12 October 2013 named sub-Saharan Africa's Finance Minister of the Year by Emerging Markets, a website that provides news and analysis on international economics and global financial markets.
"The prudent fiscal policy led by Pravin Gordhan, who became finance minister in 2009 at the height of the global economic crisis, has been praised by analysts, especially since South Africa is more exposed than other emerging markets to dangers stemming from an eventual pullback of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve," read the citation by Emerging Markets. Read full article.
Australian Firm Gets SA Gas Project Go-Ahead
11 October 2013
Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy has received government approval for the acquisition of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa's west coast, paving the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would boost the country's gas-to-electricity generation capacity. Read full story.
Aircraft technology: South Africa delivers
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered the first of a batch of fifty A400M military transport planes - complete with critical components manufactured in South Africa, by South Africans - to the French Air Force on 30 September 2013.
Engineers, artisans and technicians at South African company Denel Aerostructures took time off work to watch the handover celebrations - attended by Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and French Defence Minister Jean Yves le Drian - via live video linkup with Airbus Military's facility in Seville, Spain. Read full article.
U.S. audience award for Mandela movie
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the big-screen dramatization of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, won the Audience Favorite Feature award at the Aspen Filmfest in the United States, it was announced on 2 October 2013.
The film beat a number of heavyweight contenders, including The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, Nebraska and One Chance, to emerge as the most popular film at the internationally recognized festival.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival last month. Read full story.
Sasol cracks major U.S. fracking deal
by Lisa Steyn
20 September 2013
A $20-billion investment in a facility in Louisiana, prompted by the North American shale boom, will be a world first in some respects.
It will be Sasol’s largest investment yet; the biggest single investment in Louisiana’s history; and the largest foreign direct investor manufacturing project in the history of the United States.
Sasol’s move to join the boom in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is transforming the energy landscape in the U.S. comes as the South African government prepares to grant the first prospecting licences here. Read full article.
Celebrating 20 years of delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services
Transport Month was first launched in October 2005. It seeks to raise awareness of the important role of transport in the economy, and to invite participation from civic society and business, in providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system for the country. Read more.
Amandla Development's Annual New York Benefit
A concert by Max Wild to support Amandla Development's ongoing partnerships with education innovators in South Africa. Learn how Amandla is joining hands with schools, institutions and the surrounding community of Philippi to ensure every child is fully equipped to succeed.
Thursday, October 10th
from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ACue Art Foundation, 137 West 25th Street
(between 6th and 7th), Ground Floor
Business casual attire requested
You will have the opportunity to meet founder Scott Clarke, learn more about Amandla Development's progress and meet other supporters. Your entrance includes music, hors d'oeuvres sponsored by Madiba Restaurant, and an open wine/beer bar sponsored by KWV, Solms-Delta wine farm, and Brooklyn Brewery. Suggested donation is $50.00
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- Opening Statement to Special Event of the President of the General Assembly to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals,
- Statement of the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Jacob Zuma, to the General Debate of
the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, UN Headquarters,
- President Zuma Arrives in New York for the 68th Session
of the United Nations General Assembly,
- Photo Gallery
President Zuma's Statement at the General Debate
of the 68th Session of United Nations General Assembly
24 September 2013
President Zuma's challenge to the United Nations
25 September 2013
South African President Jacob Zuma threw down a stark challenge to world leaders in New York on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, saying that global development and security were "two sides of the same coin" as he called for action to reform the United Nations Security Council.
Addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Zuma said that, nearly 70 years after its establishment, the UN Security Council "still remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, and disenfranchises the majority of the member states of the United Nations, who form the majority in this General Assembly". Read full article.
Pumeza Matshikiza: Township girl to opera diva
By Earl Nurse and Jenny Soffel, for CNN
Monday 23 September 2013
London (CNN) -- Abbey Road Studios in London. This is where The Beatles produced some of their classic records. It's a long way from the Cape Town townships where Pumeza Matshikiza grew up, but this is where the South African soprano is recording her debut album.
At the studio rehearsals, she is going over the notes again with her producer. Her plush and dark-hued voice has enabled her to enter the world of music, travel and hard work, and leave poverty and hardship behind. Read full article.
International Day of Peace
21 September 2013
In 1981, the General Assembly declared that the opening day of its regular session in September "shall be officially dedicated and observed as the International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples" (resolution 36/67). In 1998, the Assembly reaffirmed that the Day should continue to be observed on the opening day of its annual regular session (resolution 52/232 of 4 June). Read full article from South African Government Information website.
"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Get set for Freedom Fridays!
The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa's freedom and democracy will begin with the launch of the Freedom Fridays campaign on 20 September, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on 3 September 2013.
Speaking at a business briefing in Johannesburg, Mashatile said the campaign, a partnership between the government, Lead SA and Proudly South African, was a call to all South Africans to take pride in their nation and together to celebrate the road the country has travelled since 1994.
"This we will do by wearing, every Friday, anything that expresses our pride in being South African, including the colours of the national flag, traditional wear or a jersey of our favourite national team," he said. Read full article.
Freedom Fridays campaign under way, 20 September 2013
by Nthambeleni Gabara
The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa's freedom and democracy officially began on Friday with the launch of the Freedom Fridays campaign - a call on all citizens to "wear anything that makes them feel proudly South African each Friday". Read full article.
Cement investments set for take-off
19 September 2013
Rapid infrastructure development in South Africa and its neighboring countries will boost the prospects of the cement industry in the southern African region, according to new analysis from market researchers Frost and Sullivan. Read full article.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Today I'd go ... to South Africa
by Amy Bertrand
19 September 2013
Amy Bertrand is the editor of the Home & Away and the Let's Eat section of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Every Thursday I like to write about a place I'd love to go or a deal I have found.
I would love to go to South Africa someday, and Friendly Planet Travel has a deal going on now. Starting at just $1,899, a $300 savings, the nine-day tour will explore the African bush in search wild animals and then celebrate the night life in Cape Town. Read full article.
‘Long Walk to Freedom’: New Mandela film makes impression in South Africa
by Ron Allen, NBC News
September 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Long Walk to Freedom is a powerful epic that begins with Mandela as an 8-year-old growing up in the rural hinterland. The story moves chronologically to Mandela as a teenager, then as a 35-year-old firebrand activist and attorney. It culminates with Mandela as the newly elected president of South Africa. Read full article.
South Africa in digital laser 'world first'
17 September 2013
Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a world-first digital laser that could be a game-changer in the field, paving the way for new laser applications in areas ranging from medicine to communications. Announcing the breakthrough at media briefing in Pretoria, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said it was evidence of the country's potential for scientific innovation. Read full article.
Goin' High-End On South Africa Travels
by David Rosengarten
12 September 2013
Big-deal dining, and big-deal hospitality, are realer than real right now in South Africa. And, excitingly, you’re not likely to see these fine establishments working hard on Asian ingredients, or other fusionista obsessions. The obsession today, in South Africa…is defining a cuisine that seems truly South African…drawing on local ingredients, of course, but also on already-fused South African traditions! Read full article.
Sasol Seeks Cash for $7 Billion Dixie Dream: South Africa Credit
By Kevin Crowley
16 September 2013 6:31 AM ET
South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. is seeking project finance and loans, and may also sell bonds in the U.S., to fund a petrochemical plant in Louisiana costing as much as $7 billion, the chief executive officer said.
Sasol needs to raise $5 billion to $7 billion to build a cracker near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which will convert ethane natural gas to ethylene, used to produce raw materials for goods such as paint and detergents, and start up in 2017, CEO David Constable said. Read full story.
South Africa's first grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant
16 September 2013
Norway-based Scatec Solar announced that it had completed its 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kalkbult in the Northern Cape three months ahead of schedule, making it first project under South Africa's renewable energy programme for private producers to be grid connected and operational. Read full story.
Endemol Veteran Jane Fry Named Head of South African Arm of Film Finance Giant
by Scott Roxborough
16 September 2013
Jane Fry, a long-term executive with Endemol South Africa has taken over as managing director of the new South Africa division of completion guarantee giant Film Finances Inc.
Fry will be based in Johannesburg and oversee Film Finances SA's bonding activity as well as offering prospective producers advance funding against South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry rebate, worth 20 – 25 percent of a visiting film's local spend. Read full story.
USA, South Africa teams compete for Bendabout title
By DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
15 September 2013
Two teams will determine who win the inaugural Bendabout International Cup when they meet on the polo field at Bendabout Farm in McDonald.
Bendabout Farm Director of Polo Operations Boone Stribling said the South African team consists of four professional players will play against four American players, including Julio Arellano, the highest ranked player in the United States. Read full story.
Africa's "right-on" whale capital
by Andrew Beatty
15 September 2013 11:30 PM
Perched away from the world on the rocky southern tip of Africa, the town of Hermanus rose to global whale-watching renown almost by chance. Read full story.
Networking Cocktail Reception
To celebrate success of David Tlale and to welcome delegation from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Small Enterprise Development Agency a networking cocktail reception co-hosted by Brand SA was held at the South African Consulate General.
Friday, 13 September 2013
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sithole crowned U.S. Open quads champ
10 September 2013
South Africans have hailed the first African to win a US Open singles title on his return from New York.
Wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole beat current world number one, David Wagner, in the singles section of the Quad tournament. Read full story.
28-30 August 2013
Consul General George Monyemengene, Consul Gugulethu Gingqi and Ms. Bing Alo-Villareal visited the State of Kentucky to attend its Annual World Trade Day and Worldfest events in Louisville, KY from 28-30 August 2013. They met with senior officers of the Kentucky World Trade Center, the Louisville Office for Globalization, and ISCO Industries.
On 28 August 2013, Consul General George Monyemangene met with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Secretary Larry Hayes at Frankfort. The Consul General extended an invitation for the State of Kentucky to undertake a trade mission to South Africa and to co-host a business seminar on "Doing business with South Africa and Africa" in the future. View more photographs.
South Africa’s First Hardware Contribution Delivered to ATLAS Detector at CERN
5 September 2013
Physicists from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have reached an important milestone and have made the first South African contribution of a “piece of hardware” to the ATLAS Experiment on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN).
Physics PhD student Robert Reed designed a High Voltage board (HV board) that was delivered to the ATLAS team in Geneva, Switzerland. The HV board was successfully integrated into the ATLAS system on Monday, 2 September 2013. Read full article.
South Africa's Aspen says talks with GSK over thrombosis drugs continues
5 September 2013
South Africa's biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare said on 5 September 2013 that talks with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline about its $700 bid for drugs and a factory continues. Read story.
South Africa’s David Tlale Returns to New York Fashion Week
NEW YORK CITY (September 4, 2013) -- Brand South Africa is proud to present David Tlale at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Tlale, a renowned South African designer, presented his 2014 spring collection at The Box on 5 September 2013. This was his third presentation at Lincoln Center as a solo design house, where showcased what Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week described as work that is “both daring and dramatic—a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, color and texture.” Read full press release.
Brand SA congratulates David Tlale
5 September 2013
Brand South Africa congratulated South African award winning designer David Tlale on his showing at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement: "New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season.
"Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York." Read full article.
South Africa to plant a million trees in 2013
By Bhekisisa Mncube
5 September 2013
South Africa will have planted a million trees across the country by the end of this year, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said at the launch of National Arbor Week on Tuesday, 3 September 2013.
This will bring to 13 million the number of trees planted nationwide since the inception of the million-a-year tree plantation program that was launched in 2000 in partnership with petroleum giant Total South Africa. Read full article.
BANKSETA International Executive Development Programme (IEDP)
1 September 2013
44 Street West 4th Street, 11th Floor
New York City
The International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) with NYU Stern Executive Education was a combination of engaging faculty, group projects and company visits. The program provided direct application to the participants' work engagements in the banking and microfinance sector in South Africa; it also exposed the participants to banking perspectives in various international banks. View more photographs.
US basketball star Kyrie Irving visits schools in South Africa with UNICEF
PRETORIA, South Africa, 29 August 2013 –Kyrie Irving, an All-Star in the United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA), recently concluded a visit to Gauteng, South Africa, where he participated in a variety of educational programs supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player was joined on the trip by Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA All-Star, member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Executive Board of Directors and NBA Global Ambassador. Read full story.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) introduced its quarterly magazine Ubuntu – South Africa’s Public Diplomacy in action in August 2012 to:
- communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s foreign policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals
- give in-depth analysis and information on key departmental issues ranging from current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as well as international work done by other government departments, business and parastatals. See archive issues.
Banks get in on South Africa's power boom
29 August 2013
Investec Plc announced on 28 August 2013, that it was leading the financing of two South African gas power plants being developed by French company GDF Suez, marking the first major non-renewable independent power projects to be financed by South African institutions.
Construction of the two two greenfield open-cycle turbine power plants, the 670-megawatt (MW) Avon plant in KwaZulu-Natal, and the 335 MW Dedisa plant in the Eastern Cape, has commenced. Read full story.
"Africa's greenest hotel" opens its doors
29 August 2013
South African hospitality group Bon Hotels has opened what it says is the continent's greenest hotel.
The R170-million, 145-room Hotel Verde, situated 400 meters from Cape Town International Airport, was officially opened on 27 August 2013 with Bon Hotels saying it aimed to raise environmental awareness and help preserve the natural wetlands in the area around the airport. Read full story.
H&M says will open first store in South Africa
Swedish cheap'n'chic fashion giant H&M will open its first store in South Africa in 2015, its first foray into sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on 28 August 2013.
H&M said it had signed a contract for a store in Johannesburg, but it was also looking into opening in Cape Town as well and therefore it could not say which store would open first. Read full story.
The South Africa Yearbook gives a comprehensive account of the programs and policies of the government as well as the current state of the South African nation.
This publication is the official authoritative reference work on the Republic of South Africa and is updated annually.
Manufacturing leads GDP rebound
28 August 2013
South Africa's economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on 27 August 2013.
"The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualized rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013," Statistics SA said in a statement. Read full story.
by Simon Barber
Platinum has long been South Africa’s top export to the United States. No longer. Right now it’s cars, principally BMWs and Mercedes Benzes, built in South Africa by South Africans. The value of U.S. car imports from South Africa topped $1.25 billion in the first half of this year versus $1.2 billion for platinum group metals, gold and diamonds combined. In the chart bellow, cars ar represented by the red bars and platinum, in unwrought, powder or semi-manufactured form, by the gray.
And here’s we stand in the rankings as a source of U.S. car imports as of June: number 7, well ahead of Italy and Sweden.
Source: USITC’s Dataweb
South Africa in 'world first for brewing'
23 August 2013
Brewing giant SABMiller has begun using South African firm SurePure's liquid photopurification technology, which cuts down on energy costs by using ultraviolet light instead of heat to purify liquids during the brewing process. Read full story.
South Africa unveils modernized customs system
23 August 2013
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unveiled a modernized customs management system that will reduce the cost of doing business with South Africa, boost the country's competitiveness and exports, and promote intra-African trade.
Briefing journalists at the South African Revenue Service's (SARS) offices in Johannesburg, Gordhan said the new system had already been implemented, and that early indications were that it had more than halved the time it takes to move goods across South Africa's borders. Read full story.
Women Who Mean Business for 2013
By Mike Hendricks
Five accomplished business leaders are The Business Review's Women Who Mean Business for 2013. One of the five honorees is South African Penelope Andrews, president and Dean of Albany Law School. Andrews was named dean of the law school last year. She dramatically reshaped the school's business model so that it can better meet the challenges of the future. Read full article.
South Africa’s New Smart ID Cards Personalized and Issued on Datacard Group’s Central Issuance Machines
14 August 2013
MINNETONKA, Minn. — Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, announced that the Government Printing Works in South Africa will be utilizing the Datacard® MX series card issuance and delivery systems for its new smart ID card program.
Replacing their current green bar-coded paper ID books, South Africans will be able to receive a smart ID card replacement in initially 27 locations throughout the country, ramping up to more sites in order to issue 38 million smart ID cards over several years. The smart ID cards add many more security features than the previous paper documents, and will feature a dual-interface chip, as well as fingerprint biometrics and biographic data – making it difficult for any forgery. South African citizens will also receive their new card in five to 10 days, compared to the 47 days it took for the paper documents to be produced and delivered. Read full story.
"Agoa 2.0" to underpin US-Africa growth
14 August 2013
The United States will be looking to work with African experts and leaders on forging an improved "Agoa 2.0" ahead of the planned renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told a two-day forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 12 August 2013.
Agoa, which enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States, has seen total African exports to the U.S. more than quadrupled, and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa more than tripled, since its inception in 2000. Read full story.
New York gains Momentum
by Lihle Mtshali
South African financial services giant, Momentum, has opened an investment management office in New York and plans to launch a new Africa investment fund next month.
The Momentum Africa Fixed Income Fund will be unveiled and introduced to American institutional investors like big pension funds, endowment funds and foundations on 1 September 2013. Read full story.
South African animation wins over kids in Brazil
13 August 2013
South African animated 3D movie Adventures in Zambezia won the "best feature for children" award at the 21st Anima Mundi international animation festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week.
The award is the latest in a string of successes for the debut feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which followed up with its second feature film, Khumba, earlier this year.
Last year, Adventures in Zambezia became the first African 3D feature animation to be nominated - for best music and best voice artist - for the Hollywood-based Annie Awards, the most prestigious in the animated movie industry.
It was also named best South African feature film at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, and best animation at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. Read full story.
South Africa stocks hit record high as gold producers surge
12 August 2013
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African stocks hit a record high on 12 August 2013 rising 1.6 percent on a surge in gold producers that were lifted by a higher bullion price, such as Gold Fields. Read full article.
South Africa, U.S. sign radio astronomy pact
12 August 2013
South Africa's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has struck an agreement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the United States that is set to foster high-level science collaboration between the two countries. Read full article.
Mobile transport app launches in South Africa
12 August 2013
U.S. technology company Uber has launched its mobile transport application in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, promising to provide an efficient transportation service and to make the city more accessible for its residents and visitors. Read full article.
MiX Telematics' Initial Public Offering at the New York Stock Exchange
9 August 2013
MiX Telematics CEO and Director Stefan Joselowitz rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the company's IPO on 9 August 2013 in New York City.
A Centenary of Working Together towards Sustainable Women Empowerment and Gender Equality
9 August 2013
- Address by His Excellency, President J.G. Zuma on the Occasion of National Women's Day Celebrations Marking 100 Years of
- Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane's Message
- South Africa marks Women's Month
2013 New York City Economic Development Day
8 August 2013
Columbia Univesity’s Albert Lerner Hall
West 115th Street and Broadway
Ford looks to South Africa for Dakar success
7 August 2013
Team Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two South African-built Ford Rangers in the gruelling 2014 Dakar Rally, which takes place from 5 to 18 January 2014 in South America. Ford's decision follows the success of South African-built Toyota Hiluxes in the Dakar, with Giniel de Villiers finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012. Read full article.
Ubuntu Education Fund blog:
President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and delegation visit Ubuntu Education Fund
August 6, 2013 was one of the most exciting days in the history of Ubuntu Education Fund—we hosted President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, and a Clinton Foundation delegation. On their tour throughout Africa, the delegation visited Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment sites that focused on improving economic opportunities, empowering disenfranchised minorities, and increasing access to quality healthcare. Read full blog.
BMW SA expands export programme
5 August 2013
BMW South Africa has expanded its export programme to facilitate increased production and will export its BMW 3 Series from Maputo in Mozambique, in addition to shipping from the Durban port.
"BMW South Africa has increased its production output with the introduction of a third shift, which was implemented towards the end of last year," BMW South Africa managing director, Bodo Donauer, said in a statement. Read full article.
3 August 2013
Lalela is a Zulu word meaning “to listen.” Lalela Project provides year-round, community-based arts education and leadership training to children grades one through twelve in a safe space during the vulnerable after-school hours and holiday periods.
On 3 August 2013, Lalela Project held its annual fundraising event at the Hamptons home of its CEO, Andrea Kerzner, which was attended by 300 people. The evening was planned by South African celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, with entertainment by The All Stars Jazz Band, Yolanda Sangweni and Thuli Dumakude, South African cuisine by the Brooklyn-based Madiba Restaurant, and great moments with Lalela Project students who traveled from the Western Cape, South Africa, to share their inspiring stories with attendees. Consul General George Monyemangene and his wife, Louise Monyemangene, were the guests of honor at the event. View photographs from the event.
For more information about Lalela, please visit www.lalelaproject.org.”
South Africa, U.S. firms in agri-tech hub deal
1 August 2013
DuPont Pioneer, the largest U.S. producer of hybrid seeds, has acquired majority ownership of South Africa's Pannar Seed as the two companies move to advance agricultural research and technological innovation in Africa.
The deal, announced on 31 August 2013, involves the two companies partnering to bring farmers in South Africa and across the rest of the continent more choices and better products in terms of seeds. Read full story.